Green Bay’s Defense Intercepts Foles Four Times, Packers Improve to 5-0
In Green Bay's win over St. Louis Sunday, Aaron Rodgers had three turnovers and the Packers defense picked off Nick Foles four times.
The Packers' win Sunday at at Lambeau Field was their 12th in a row. With the victory, Green Bay improved to 5-0.
Rodgers had not thrown an interception since 2012 coming into Sunday's game. However, the streak ended Sunday, as Rodgers threw two picks against the Rams' defense. Rodgers' streak last 587 pass attempts.
And Rodgers' streak was fun while it lasted. I'll be able to tell my kids someday about the time Rodgers nearly went three years without throwing an interception at home.
In the game, Rodgers completed 19 of 30 passes for 241 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also lost a fumble in the game. On the ground, Rodgers led the Packers with 39 yards. Eddie Lacy ran the ball 27 yards, while James Starks rushed for 17 yards and John Kuhn had three yards.
Rookie Ty Montgomery and James Jones hauled in receiving touchdowns for the Packers. Jones led Green Bay with 77 yards receiving. Randall Cobb was limited to three catches for 23 yards.
While Green Bay's offense wasn't particularly sharp, the Packers' defense had four interceptions in the game. Rookie Quentin Rollins had two interceptions, including one for a touchdown. Ha-Ha Clinton Dix and Micah Hyde had Green Bay's other two interceptions. The Packers also sacked Foles three times. The only place Green Bay's defense struggled was on the ground, as Todd Gurley rushed for 159 yards.
If I'm the Packers, the rush defense allowing Gurley to run for over 150 yards isn't the biggest problem. Green Bay's held Jamaal Charles and Marshawn Lynch under 100 yards. The Packers' defense has 20 sacks in five games and that pressure is forcing turnovers.
For Green Bay, the running game has struggled. The Packers haven't had a 100-yard rusher yet this season. Lacy has 257 rushing yards and one touchdown in five games. His one touchdown came in Week 1 against Chicago. Lacy's highest rushing total has been 90 yards. Starks has 174 yards rushing and his highest total is 95 yards in Week 2 against Seattle.
Green Bay plays San Diego in Week 6.
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